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Mainstream Games on the Linux Desktop
"On the front end is where Linux has traction issues. Why? There are a number of technical reasons that are interesting to consider, and would be nice to overcome, but they're really tertiary to the main issue - that there are not enough spending gamers who run only Linux, so there is no reason for a game studio to consider it a primary platform. "
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( Permalink: Mainstream Games on the Linux Desktop      Submitted by Noel Tue Mar 23, 2004 )

Application tracing in a complex system
Most Java programmers use some kind of tracing system to keep track of potential errors and problems in code that is under development. However, multithreaded and multiplatform systems can generate a large and baffling amount of tracing data. This article offers some tips that will help you make sense of trace data from complex applications. You'll learn how to use log4j, an open source logging package, to generate information-rich log files. You'll also see how you can use standard UNIX shell commands to mine that data for the information you need.

( Permalink: Application tracing in a complex system      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Mar 23, 2004 )

Switching to a Mac
"The aim of this article is to aide the average Windows (or Linux) user wanting to switch to a Mac, helping him/her understand what they should consider and evaluate before they take the plunge and switch to a Mac; helping to make their decision a sound one"
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( Permalink: Switching to a Mac      Submitted by Noel Mon Mar 22, 2004 )

iLife 04: iMovie 4.0 Review
"Rendering in general is now quicker than it was in iMovie 3 according to Apple. I don't know an exact percentage of how much faster the rendering is, and I can't personally tell a big difference. That may have something to do with me using a Dual 2Ghz G5 to do all my work on. Editing Audio has been improved as well. Now you can see a graphical waveform of the audio clip. This is good because you can see where the bass hits and position a clip right on it for impact. "
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( Permalink: iLife 04: iMovie 4.0 Review      Submitted by Noel Mon Mar 22, 2004 )

Personal Backups with rdiff-backup
"rdiff-backup backs up one directory to another, possibly over a network. The target directory ends up a copy of the source directory, but extra reverse diffs are stored in a special subdirectory of that target directory, so you can still recover files lost some time ago. The idea is to combine the best features of a mirror and an incremental backup. rdiff-backup also preserves subdirectories, hard links, dev files, permissions, uid/gid ownership, and modification times."
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( Permalink: Personal Backups with rdiff-backup      Submitted by Noel Mon Mar 22, 2004 )

Scheduler Performance: ULE vs. 4BSD
"For this article I acquired the following hardware to use for two systems. They shared the same optical drive, hard drive, video card, RAM, cables, power supply, and chassis. Only the motherboard and CPU were changed to switch from the AMD machine to the Intel machine. This was done to prevent variations that could be caused by hardware manufacturing flaws or differences in output due to brand."
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( Permalink: Scheduler Performance: ULE vs. 4BSD      Submitted by Noel Mon Mar 22, 2004 )

Driving to Laptopia
"As a PowerBook user, I'm hardly an oddity in Linux circles. OS X runs on Darwin, which is a breed of BSD. It has a UNIX core and a lot of standard UNIX programs, and it obeys common UNIX commands. Its default shell is bash. On it, I can ssh to my servers at home or to my Linux server at Rackspace, where Searls.com lives and where I keep tons of files. I can put it to sleep by closing the lid, and nothing bad happens. For fun I'll sometimes open a shell, run uptime and see how many days or weeks the thing has gone without a reboot."
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( Permalink: Driving to Laptopia      Submitted by Noel Mon Mar 22, 2004 )

Eric Laffoon, keeper of Quanta
"That's what I was trying to figure out when you contacted me for this. ;-) I oversee primarily Quanta and Kommander. This involves coordinating developers, interfacing with users and establishing design standards. I focus on features and interface as well as promotion. I personally sponsor Andras Mantia to develop full time, with the help of several sponsors now as well as the community. I revised the old site and am basically acting as a client for several developers and users to develop the next version."
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( Permalink: Eric Laffoon, keeper of Quanta      Submitted by Noel Mon Mar 22, 2004 )

Bruce Perens on UserLinux
"Bruce Perens, cofounder of the Open Source Initiative and long-time leader of the Debian GNU/Linux distribution, announced plans at the November 2003 Desktop Linux Consortium event in Boston to start a project called UserLinux. UserLinux is to be a Linux distribution based on a subset of Debian that will target large and small business desktops and servers. Bruce is currently continuing negotiations with his customers while also beginning to put the first broad brush strokes on UserLinux as a technology."
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( Permalink: Bruce Perens on UserLinux      Submitted by Noel Mon Mar 22, 2004 )

Sun Blade 1500
"So far the best selling workstation in Sun's lineup has been the Blade 150, an UltraSPARC-based workstation made to use Solaris UNIX, although it's quite long in the tooth at this point and it isn't even close to the same level of performance that you'd get from a comparably priced AMD64 machine -- or even a 32-bit Intel-based P4 or Xeon computer. Unless you need to use Solaris/SPARC software there's no reason to buy a Blade 150, which generally retails new for around $1400. The Blade 1500 is the newest edition to the SPARC-based workstation market and Sun hopes to make it their new bestseller. "
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( Permalink: Sun Blade 1500      Submitted by Noel Mon Mar 22, 2004 )

A History of Apple's Operating Systems
"This document discusses operating systems that Apple has created in the past, and many that it tried to create Through this discussion, we will come across several technologies the confluence of which eventually led to Mac OS X An important goal of the discussion is to better understand the reasons, and if possible, the rationale behind Mac OS and its important components. This, in turn, will be helpful in understanding and appreciating the system as it is today"
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( Permalink: A History of Apple's Operating Systems      Submitted by Noel Mon Mar 22, 2004 )

Logitech Cordless Navigator Duo
"The name of the included mouse is Logitech Cordless Optical. Simple name and you can probably tell it is a basic mouse. The design and feel of is a few years old, not one of those ergonomically designed hand-specific styles. Reception is optimal; I had no problems working about 10 feet away from the hub. The tracking is great for most uses, though it may get a little slow for gaming, especially if the reception hub is blocked or not right in line."
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( Permalink: Logitech Cordless Navigator Duo      Submitted by Noel Mon Mar 22, 2004 )

AJA IO
"The IO is a rack-mountable unit that connects to your Mac via a six-pin-to-six-pin FireWire connector. On the back of the unit are connectors for SDI, component video, S-Video, composite video, video reference (with loop-through), four-channel AES/EBU audio, eight-channel ADAT audio, two-channel SPDIF optical audio, four-channel analog audio, and even RS-422 machine control."
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( Permalink: AJA IO      Submitted by Noel Sun Mar 21, 2004 )

TheMacMind Hard Drive Challenge
"For scoring, I used Initechís SpeedTools Utility, running the drives through an array of read/write tests, with varying file sizes from 1-100,000 Kb. Iíve also tested the drives for real world speeds, the first of which involved reading/writing a 450 mb .avi file, and the second for which I recorded how many GB of MP3s could be copied to the respective drives in 5 minutes. For FireWire 400 tests, which involved all 4 drives, the test machine was a PowerBook G4 867 mHz with 640 MB of RAM. For the faster FireWire 800 tests, a 1 gHz Xserve with 1 GB of RAM was used. "
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( Permalink: TheMacMind Hard Drive Challenge      Submitted by Noel Sun Mar 21, 2004 )

Data Reduction
"One thing we neglected to discuss or consider was the long-term consequences of using mod_log_sql. What happens as you accumulate more and more data? Sure, we mentioned the possibility of adding indexes to make some queries faster, but indexes only help so much. The real problem is that the default logging format for mod_log_sql is very simple, so as to be efficient for real-time logging. The tradeoff, however, is that it's not space efficient. As time goes on, the data can become quite large, difficult to manage, and slow to query."
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( Permalink: Data Reduction      Submitted by Noel Sun Mar 21, 2004 )

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